Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When Religion and Justice Mingle

I've got to hand it to Saudi Arabia. It may produce some of the world's most violent terrorists.

But its legal system is just as violent and barbarous.

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism and punishes unrelated men and women who are caught mingling.

But then when religion and justice mingle the result is always toxic.

It can bring out the worst in everyone.

Bahrami, who moved to Barcelona after the attack to get medical treatment, said the court had originally ruled that she was entitled to have the man blinded in only one eye in Iran because "each man is worth two women".

"He will be anesthetized and will not suffer pain. His face will not be disfigured because only a few drops (of acid) will be needed, he will not have the internal injuries which I had..."

And is yet another reason I would almost be prepared to hitchhike all the way to Calgary..... just to ride on the atheist bus.

Does religion lift up humanity....or BRUTALIZE it?

You be the Judge.

I'll drive the bus....

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